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Viola Davis

Autor(a) de Finding Me: A Memoir

8+ Works 928 Membros 39 Críticas

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Obras por Viola Davis

Finding Me: A Memoir (2019) — Autor; Narrador, algumas edições605 exemplares
Corduroy Takes a Bow (2018) — Autor — 298 exemplares

Associated Works

The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (2001) — Narrador, algumas edições552 exemplares
The Help [2011 film] (2011) 532 exemplares
Ender's Game [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 352 exemplares
Knight and Day [2010 film] (2010) 309 exemplares
Kate & Leopold [2001 film] (2001) — Actor — 270 exemplares
Suicide Squad [2016 film] (2016) — Actor — 250 exemplares
Eat Pray Love [2010 film] (2010) — Actor — 224 exemplares
Beautiful Creatures [2013 film] (2013) 212 exemplares
Solaris [2002 film] (2000) — Actor — 186 exemplares
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close [2011 film] (2012) — Actor — 173 exemplares
Law Abiding Citizen [2009 film] (2009) — Actor — 169 exemplares
Nights in Rodanthe [2008 film] (2008) — Actress — 167 exemplares
Doubt [2008 film] (2006) 158 exemplares
Far from Heaven [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 142 exemplares
Fences [2016 film] (2016) — Actor — 134 exemplares
The Suicide Squad [2021 Film] (2021) — Actor — 107 exemplares
Antwone Fisher [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 99 exemplares
Prisoners [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 90 exemplares
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise [2006 TV movie] (2006) — Actor — 84 exemplares
Jesse Stone: Night Passage [2006 TV movie] (2006) — Actor — 80 exemplares
Jesse Stone: Stone Cold [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 70 exemplares
Jesse Stone: Sea Change [2007 TV Movie] (2007) — Actor — 63 exemplares
Widows [2018 film] (2019) — Actor — 56 exemplares
Blackhat [2015 film] (2015) — Actor — 47 exemplares
Niobe: She Is Life (2017) — Prefácio, algumas edições41 exemplares
It's Kind of a Funny Story [2010 film] (2011) — Actor — 39 exemplares
The Woman King [2022 film] (2022) — Actor — 32 exemplares
Get On Up [2014 film] (2016) — Actor — 31 exemplares
Air [2023 film] (2023) — Actor — 21 exemplares
Won't Back Down (2015) — Actor — 9 exemplares
Trust [2010 movie] (2010) — Actor — 8 exemplares
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom [2020 film] (2020) — Actor — 7 exemplares
Grace & Glorie [1998 TV movie] (1998) 2 exemplares
Custody [2016 film] — Actor — 2 exemplares
The First Lady [2022 TV series] — Actor — 1 exemplar


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Real, raw, moving, passionate, honest.
winterskiss | 35 outras críticas | Apr 1, 2024 |
I’ve been trying to verbalize how fantastic this is. Viola Davis and her story is so compelling. It’s a story that needs to be told. It’s written so beautifully and relatable. She has been through and endured so much at times it almost painful to think any person went through all which she has. But through it you get to see her strength and resolve. She knew what she wanted and despite all the odds she managed to make it happen.
Frogiekins04 | 35 outras críticas | Mar 25, 2024 |
I turned the page and I was at the end and I was all, "Wait!? That's it!" I hope that Viola Davis graces us with a second memoir. This was the third memoir in my unintentional reading of memoirs this year. I've read Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, and now Viola Davis's Finding Me.

I've been a fan of Davis's work, but it was her portrayal of Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom that clinched it for me. She strode onto that screen and manifested Rainey. I've been reading August Wilson's Century Cycle of plays with a group at the Seattle Athenaeum and reading her memoir, Davis has appeared in several of Wilson's plays including playing Rose on the big screen in Denzel Washington's Fences.

This quote about playing Rose:
"Because I had to start finding me in How to Get Away with Murder, the making of the film Fences was perfect. Perfect material for the screen based on the play by August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted ordinary people. To me, the original Troy was my father Dan Davis, born in 1936, who groomed horses, had a fifth-grade education, and didn't know how to read until he was fifteen years old. These characters in Fences were real to me, they were my life. August's material is great because he lets us bleed and he lets us talk. Rose was a fully realized character....

In ten cycles of plays that August Wilson wrote (often referred to as his Century Cycle), he portrayed Black American life in every decade in the twentieth century. So, you get a history lesson, but you also get to sit with us as human beings and see how that time period affected us. In Fences, Rose is a housewife who just wants to keep her family together. She is an absolute produce of the 1950s, suppressing her own dreams, even being cheated on after she gives her whole life to her family."

The book takes us through Davis's journey from her childhood poverty and abuse, to her discovery of acting, through her acting education, and various roles she has played up until about Fences. It also includes her love story--and I love a love story that happens in later life. I hope the next book will cover the roles she had next and may she have a long career. Ultimately, it is a memoir about finding oneself, working through trauma, making art, and the power of family love.

I also thought Davis's description of the privilege that exists in the acting profession to be a lesson for those hiring in the arts. She writes about it in Chapter 15 but I'll sum it up here with a one-sentence quote, "He who has choices has resources." If you are in the Arts, or hiring for the Arts, you should at least read this one chapter.

So my tally so far on my memoirs...
1. Viola Davis has moved into the top spot because she deftly blends her life and her art and left me wanting to learn more. I also have now been watching Viola Davis clips and interviews on Youtube, I've included a few below.
2. Barbra Streisand moves into second place simply because she said too much.
3. Britney Spears--entertaining, but not even in the same intellectual league as Streisand and Davis.

Links to trailers for two August Wilson plays that Ms. Davis appeared in:

And her appearance on Hot Ones
Appropriately titled, Viola Davis Gives a Master Class While Eating Spicy Wings.
I love Hot Ones!
… (mais)
auldhouse | 35 outras críticas | Mar 17, 2024 |
Davis writes the best kind of memoir. She not only tells her story with power and great love, she gives the reading meaning regardless of where they come from. I will read this again and again. Two quotes I love.

“My calling is way bigger than being an actor.”
“Forgiveness is giving up hope that the past can change.”
chailatte | 35 outras críticas | Feb 5, 2024 |



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